Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) is proud to announce the launch of Phelps Air, a new helicopter serving Rolla, Missouri, and surrounding areas.
PCRMC has partnered with Air Methods, a global leader in emergency air medical services, to provide this new service starting May 1, 2017.
The Bell Helicopter 407 GXP will be housed at the main PCRMC campus in Rolla. The aircraft will have the latest in aviation safety equipment and medical equipment such as on-board oxygen, air, suction, a cardiac monitor/defibrillator, mechanical ventilation and more.
The helicopter base at PCRMC will be staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with four pilots, four paramedics and four flight nurses, who will rotate shifts. There also will be a maintenance crew employed.
A helicopter stationed at PCRMC will allow for timely access to tertiary care for on-scene emergencies and reduce the amount of time it takes to transport patients who need specialized care. This ultimately helps improve patient outcomes and experiences.
Phelps Air will provide a new level of emergency care in the community, according to PCRMC Chief Executive Officer Ed Clayton.
“A helicopter base here at PCRMC to serve our patients is important because a matter of minutes can make a big difference in life-saving situations,” Clayton said. “We’re proud to provide this service to our community.”
“The Phelps Air helicopter will provide better patient safety outcomes and allow for more timely transfers,” said PCRMC Senior Vice President/Chief Nursing Officer Keri Brookshire-Heavin. “We’re partnering with an air medical service provider that has a stellar safety record.”
The partnership between PCRMC and Air Methods is not new. The two organizations already work together, with Air Methods providing staff to help prepare PCRMC patients to be transported.
“Air Methods is proud to partner directly with PCRMC for the launch of the Phelps Air program based at PCRMC,” said Air Methods Regional Vice President Marty Delaney. “We are committed to enhancing the experience and outcome of PCRMC patients and community members through the highest quality of care and industry-leading safety. We appreciate PCRMC’s trust in our organization and look forward to continuing our long-standing relationship with the hospital and its patients.”
Currently, Air Methods, which is based out of Englewood, Colorado, has over 300 air medical bases nationwide. Eight of those bases are located in Missouri.